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Politics in the Pub: Life in a socialist future

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Life in a socialist future’

 Until fairly recently, ‘socialism’ was regarded in some circles as a dirty word. It was edited out of most mainstream political discussion. To utter the word, or to claim to be a socialist was almost heretical in an era of conservative politics.

But the worm has turned. Thanks in part to the rise of Bernie Sanders in the US and Jeremy Corbyn in the UK, socialism has crept back into the public lexicon….not that it ever really disappeared as an idea about how we might organise our society around the common good rather than private interest.

Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of Queensland, John Quiggin, takes us on a journey of exploration into an idea whose time has come - again. What does it mean to live in a socialist society? Why is this preferable to what we are currently experiencing? How can we avoid the errors of the past to make socialism a credible and fulfilling way of life? These are some of the questions that will be addressed by Professor Quiggin.
John Quiggin is a Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Fellow in Economics at the University of Queensland. He is prominent both as a research economist and as a commentator on Australian and international economic policy. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and many other learned societies and institutions. He has produced over 1500 publications, including six books and over 200 refereed journal articles, in fields including decision theory, environmental economics, production economics, and the theory of economic growth.  He has also written on policy topics including climate change, micro-economic reform, privatisation, employment policy and the management of the Murray-Darling river system.  
John has been an active contributor to Australian public debate in a wide range of media. He frequently comments on policy issues for radio and TV. He was one of the first Australian academics to present publications on a website (now at In 2002, he commenced publication of a blog ( providing daily comments on a wide range of topics.
His book, Zombie Economics: How Dead Ideas Still Walk Among Us, was released in 2010 by Princeton University Press, and has been translated into eight languages.

Earlier Event: 20 October
Stories For Change
Later Event: 28 October
Story Circle